Saturday, December 17, 2022

Music History Today: December 17, 2022

December 17, 2012: Adele was named Billboard's top artist of 2012. Her record, 21, was named the top album of the year in the music magazine's annual review. The 24-year-old was the first to receive both honors two years in a row. 

Adele album cover 21
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December 17, 1966: The Royal Guardsmen entered Billboard's Hot 100 in the top 40, at Number 30, with "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron."

"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" is a novelty song about the imaginary World War I antics of Charlie Brown's pet beagle in the comic strip Peanuts. It spawned three sequels: "The Return of the Red Baron," "Snoopy's Christmas," and "Snoopy for President." Of the three, "The Return of the Red Baron" is the only one that hit the Hot 100 (#15), but "Snoopy's Christmas" became a seasonal favorite.  
Read more: Songfacts

December 17, 1970: Andy Williams recorded the theme from the movie "Love Story."

Before the film opened in theaters, a recording of "Theme from Love Story" by Henry Mancini was released as a single.

Love Story 1970 movie poster 

Two versions of "(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story," one by Williams and one by Tony Bennett, were released a few weeks after so "the theme and the image of Love Story would be implanted in the audience's mind." 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 17, 1971: David Bowie released his fourth album, Hunky Dory. 

Despite positive reviews from the music press, Hunky Dory sold poorly and failed to chart.

David Bowie Hunky Dory 

Only after the commercial breakthrough of Bowie's follow-up album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was Hunky Dory successful. Retrospectively, LP is critically acclaimed one of Bowie's best works. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 17, 1989: The Simpsons debuted on Fox with the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." 

The Simpsons theme song was conceived by composer Danny Elfman while he was driving home from a meeting with Matt Groening? Elfman reveals the story behind the iconic song and some of his other popular musical work in a new interview with Vulture, where he calls the Simpsons theme song “the easiest thing I’ve ever done.” 
Read more: Vulture


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